Help, the gypsum plaster is moldy!

Mold in living spaces is harmful to health. Fundamental remedial measures are required where it occurs. In addition to wallpaper, the plaster underneath often has to be completely removed. Gypsum plaster does not go moldy if its surroundings are dry and clean.

The causes of mold growth on gypsum plaster

As a purely mineral building material, gypsum does not provide the mold with a nutritional basis. However, if mold is discovered on gypsum plaster, the causes must be sought in the area around the gypsum plaster. Moisture combined with dirt particles, remnants of wall covering and paint can be responsible for mold. Water damage in the wall may have dampened the plaster so that it can no longer dry. If there are other factors that promote mold growth, the gypsum plaster will be attacked by mold.

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First aid for local mold areas

Smaller areas of mold can first be cleaned. For this purpose, alcohol or hydrogen peroxide is used in a 30 percent solution. Larger areas must not be treated with it, otherwise there is a risk of deflagration or explosion. Wherever these means are used, the Hazard Protection Ordinance applies.

Tips for protected work:

  • Use a respirator that covers your mouth and nose
  • Put on protective glasses for your eyes
  • Use work gloves or disposable gloves
  • Wear protective clothing or special work clothing
  • Rub the affected area with a paintbrush or a brush
  • After taking effect, clean the surface with a little alcohol or spirit

These measures only contain mold growth for a short time. They neither replace the cause research nor the necessary repair and renovation work.

Mold on large areas

If you discover large areas of mold on the gypsum plaster, it is better to leave the removal to a suitably qualified specialist. He will mill off the mold-infested plaster. At the same time, the milled layers are sucked away with a powerful suction device. This way, as little as possible of the gypsum dust contaminated with mold spores gets into the room air. Respiratory protection must be worn when working on mold areas.

Tips & Tricks The first countermeasures to combat mold are often a means of spraying and disinfecting for laypeople. This means that no mold remediation can be achieved. The mold can at best be killed and still have an allergy-inducing and health-damaging effect. Mold remediation belongs in specialist hands.